Joanna De-Burgh studied Art and Design at Hereford Art College, specialising in ceramics. Having spent 6 years teaching challenging groups in further education, she decided to leave and set up PLANET Art in 2006 with her sister Kate. Here Jo could use her life long interest in the natural world and environmental issues to create works of art using recycled materials. Through Planet Art workshops Jo feels she can help children confront environmental issues in a positive and child friendly way.
Jo’s own work combines the use of natural materials and found objects and is inspired by all things weird and wonderful. She has experience in a number of disciplines that include stained glass, metal and wire work, textiles, mosaic, painting and willow work and is looking at moving her work into mechanised installations.
I have always loved vintage materials and old decorative china and whilst at Hereford College Of Art used both in designing a range of ceramics commissioned by LIBERTYS.
I am very much a believer in the make do and mend idea and still collect old fabrics, in fact I can spend hours in charity shops and flea markets ‘just looking’. The re-use of materials is echoed in our PLANET Art workshops, we just love the idea of using scraps to create something beautiful, meaningful and durable.